Wednesday, 13 February 2013


This cake is special for me. Special because the recipe is  mine. Last year when I baked SEMOLINA BANANA CAKE , I forgot to add 2 tablespoons of oil which was a part of the ingredients. I assumed that the cake would not bake well. Quite contrary to my assumptions, the cake came out beautiful. It rose well, and tasted great. It was Egg less and fat less cake.
Since long I was toying with the idea of baking an orange cake on similar lines. After finalizing my recipe, I baked it yesterday. The cake came out very well. Fragrant and delicious with every grain of semolina becoming juicy and bouncy. To enhance its flavour and to make it moist, I poured honey mixed with orange juice on the cake. It was just out of the world. You have to make it to believe and enjoy.
Here goes my recipe for Egg less and Fat less Orange Semolina cake drizzled with Citrusy Honey -

2 cups Semolina
1 cup Yogurt
1 cup fresh Orange juice
1 ¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Zest of two oranges
For Citrusy Honey
½ cup honey and juice of an orange mixed well

Roast semolina on low flame till a pleasant aroma emanates and it begins to change colour. Keep it to get cold.
Beat yogurt till smooth. Add sugar, orange juice, vanilla essence and zest.
Add semolina to wet ingredients and mix well. Keep it for half an hour. The semolina grains will become soft and the mixture will thicken a bit.
Grease, line and dust a 9 inch round cake tin. Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees C for 15 minutes.
Add baking soda, baking powder and salt to the mixture and mix well.
Pour the batter in the cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes till the cake shrinks from the sides, the top becomes golden and skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from the oven after ten minutes. Invert on the rack and remove the lining carefully.

When the cake gets cold, poke the top with a fork or skewer, pour honey and orange juice mixture evenly.

My notes: I used store bought curd. If you are using the curd set at home, first add ¾ cup. Increase the quantity if needed.


  1. Hi Namita....tried this one yesterday...turned out well...had a query...the upper crust was bit sticky..was wondering what could have possibly gone wrong..

  2. Hello Sheetal,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and trying out this recipe. Sheetal, the cakes that are egg less and fat less tend to have a very soft, almost moist crust. In fact crust sticks to the knife while slicing. However,if you pour the syrup a little before serving, it might not be so sticky.

  3. Can we use readymade orange juice (REAL or other brand) instead of fresh orange juice?

    1. Hello, yes, if you do not have fresh orange juice you may use readymade juice. Fresh juice however tastes better. Happy Baking!

  4. Hi I baked this cake..d centre shr inked. Is it because it is fatness. Please guide. Thanks

    1. Hello Cynthia, the cake does shrink from the center. But if your cake has sunk visibly, then one reason could be that the batter was too liquidy. You may add orange juice just to get the right consistency of the batter. It should not be runny. It should be pourable.Hope this helps. Love!

  5. Hi Namita!
    I share your love for healthy cooking. Was lucky to come across your blog. I loved the idea of using semolina for baking. Tried your semolina banana cake recipe. Came out great. I added half jaggery and half sugar, to make it healthier. Next I tried stewing grated apples and added honey as sweetener and followed the same recipe. Perfect! Can't thank you enough for inspiring me to bake. Keep it up!!

    1. Hello Sudha, you seem to be creative genius. I loved the idea of adding stewed apples and honey. This would be a really healthy cake. Thank you for your kind words Sudha!


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